Opinion

Who introduced this one?

Letters to the Editor

Gerald Koland Minot A single polling place is, in my opinion, a really bad idea. 1. Disadvantages those most distant from the auditorium. 2. Diminishes the number of people actually involved with self-government. 3. Further concentration of power feels more like a power grab for the ...

Minot seniors have a friend in Parker Senior Center

Editorials

So, downtown’s three-year construction project is about to end. Certainly there will be a lot to celebrate later this month if the project continues to progress ahead of schedule. When all is said and done, downtown will be primed for its seasonal celebrations, which were by no means put ...

Immigrant children and the rule of law

National Columnists

Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that in six months, the Department of Justice will begin the long process for deportation proceedings against 800,000 young people who came to America as babies and young children in the care of their parents and others because those ...

Of course, Minot is helping victims of disasters

Editorials

It comes as no surprise to see so many individuals and institutions putting best feet forward to try to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can bet the same thing will happen when Hurricane Irma wreaks whatever havoc it might on the U.S. Of course, Minot is helping victims of ...

Seeing alternatives

National Columnists

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I ...

If Republicans don’t make a move, they deserve to lose

National Columnists

Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don’t understand. Perhaps it’s because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to ...

Add budget hearing to your schedule for Sept. 27

Editorials

Ward County residents and others with deep concern for the county should mark their calendars for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., and do their best to attend Ward County’s public budget hearing in the county administration building. The county has already made reasonable budget cuts. Furthermore, the ...

There is no such thing as a ‘Deserving DREAMer’

National Columnists

Over and over again, from the mouths of politicians in both parties, identity politics purveyors and cheap labor lobbyists, we hear the same refrains about President Obama’s 800,000 amnestied illegal alien youths: ‘’They don’t deserve to be punished.’’ ‘’They deserve ...

Should Japan and South Korea go nuclear?

National Columnists

By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world’s attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his ...

Gear up for arts and culture

Editorials

Local art, music and theater groups are gearing up for what promises to be another strong season of performances this fall and winter. Sure, there are plenty of cultural activities in the spring and summer, and, of course, the city’s largest events are in July and September, respectively. ...

No, they aren’t terrorists, but stop appeasing antifa

National Columnists

The Obama Department of Homeland Security concluded that left-wing “antifa” forces were engaged in “domestic terrorist violence,” according to documents obtained by Politico. Who am I to argue with the fine men and women of former President Obama’s DHS? In fact, as someone who has ...

Liberals in a tizzy

National Columnists

Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia. Allow ...

Panic, greed driving gas price increase

Editorials

One would have to be a committed pedestrian to have not noticed the considerable increase in the price of gasoline since Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Texas coast. To be sure, the killer storm wrought tremendous damage to the coast, including to the refineries/energy infrastructure along ...

Lots of folks seem to labor on Labor Day

Editorials

Retail workers. Hospitality workers. Cooks, cops, dishwashers, firefighters. Doctors and nurses and ambulance drivers. Thank goodness some office workers and bankers are also off work today or they could just call it “non-essential government workers day off.” That might be slightly ...

Leftist artists show hate for Houston victims

National Columnists

The nation’s eyes are fixated on dramatic flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, where the death toll (so far) is thankfully small compared to flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The government response on all levels seems to be fairly effective, and unlike with ...

What Harvey wrought

National Columnists

Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural ...

Additional city budget cuts make solid sense

Editorials

The City of Minot’s administration produced a tight, efficient proposed budget that would contribute considerably to getting the city on track for the lean spending that must loom ahead, in light of the current economic environment and flood protection investment. Council President Mark ...

Rewriting history won’t change it

Community Columnists

In the present toxic political environment, it may be safer to write about abortion and guns than the statues of Confederate war heroes. However, every student of American history ought to be distressed by proposals to rewrite our past. The issue of destroying Confederate statues was ...

Overwhelming support

Letters to the Editor

Jacob Jenkins Minot I wanted to take a moment on behalf of NDstrong, the organizers of the Minot Food Truck Festival, to thank the community of Minot and the surrounding areas for their amazing support this past weekend! When we began to plan this festival, we anticipated an attendance of ...